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February 4, 2024

The Kentridge: Enhancing Our Community with Acts of Service

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Taylor Ulichney, Resident Services Director

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the third Monday of January to honor the civil rights leader. This American civil rights activist played a key role in advocating for racial equality and justice through nonviolent means. Therefore, people remember Dr. King’s contributions on this day and frequently engage in community service to honor his legacy.

Studies have demonstrated that volunteerism offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • boosting self-confidence
  • offering a sense of purpose
  • promoting physical activity

Moreover, it has a proven track record of reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, combating isolation, and alleviating depression.

Contributing to the Local Area

At The Kentridge Senior Living, many of our residents have spent time volunteering or serving others. To help older adults continue to participate in all that is important to them and to do our part in continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, our community participates in Arrow Senior Living’s Acts of Service initiatives throughout the year. In January, we plan to focus on one specific community service project every month. Our aging adults take pride in these efforts because the work is meaningful and creates lasting relationships with those in their long-term communities. 

Our residents love participating in Acts of Service. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and a more significant sense of community. However, we are not all able to go out into our community of Kent anymore.

We can always spread a little Kentridge joy through:

  • Our Donations
  • Supply Drives
  • Friendly Faces to Our Guest

Last year, we especially enjoyed our mitten drive collection because we know the importance of having the supplies you need to stay warm in the harsh Ohio winters.

In past years, we’ve partnered with local food banks, animal shelters, hospitals, and more. As we head into the new year, we’re excited for the opportunity to continue partnering with our local community to serve others purposefully.

We have a variety of exciting partnerships planned for this year. In February, we will host a supply drive for our local animal shelter. March, April, and May will be dedicated to celebrating our staff, volunteers, and nurses with homemade treats, handwritten notes, and the occasional fruit basket. Later this year, we will donate a large, family-style meal from Kentridge to our local fire department. This plays a significant role in our community. Our enthusiasm for serving our community is boundless!

Follow along on our journey by visiting our social media page at this link. If you’re interested in working with The Kentridge Senior Living on our Acts of Service Projects. Contact our Resident Services Director to learn more!

Source: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits – HelpGuide.org

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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